Self help first steps

When depression gets a foothold in your life, it quickly takes hold in the form of a series of mutually reinforcing habits. Depressed behaviour in the form of avoidance and social withdrawal reinforces depressed feelings and the lethargy that often accompanies depression. Whilst not a substitute for professional help, these strategies offer a starting point for you to turn this spiral around.

self help first steps


Finding what works for you

Every person is affected by depression differently, so you need to keep trying to find what works for you. Here’s how to make a start.  Read more

Breaking isolation

A very important first step is to find ways to break free from the withdrawal and isolation that makes depression worse. Read more

Taking care of yourself

Aiming to take care of yourself better, in small practical ways, builds up a habit of positive self-soothing which forms a real barrier against depression. Read more

Focusing outward

Setting small, achievable goals for purposeful ways to distract yourself and engage with life is another very helpful strategy. Read more

Getting going

Taking small positive steps to do a few more pleasurable, fun activities – even if you don’t feel like it – is one of the quickest ways to make a difference to depression. Read more